The long awaited successor to the Surface Pro 4 tablet has been unveiled by Microsoft.
(CCM) — Microsoft has finally unveiled its long-awaited successor to the Surface Pro 4, which will be called the Surface Pro. The company no longer calls the product a tablet — preferring to refer to it as a "versatile laptop." The reason for this is not clear, but it is likely to be related to the fact that the device works best with Windows 10 desktop-style applications rather than tablet-style apps.
The new Surface Pro devices feature 7th-generation Intel Kaby Lake chips instead of 6th–generation Skylake chips, resulting in better battery life. Microsoft claims the new devices can run for up to 13.5 hours on one charge, compared to just nine hours on the previous model. The two entry-level models of the device are now fanless, which means that their operation will be almost silent.
The Surface Pro will no longer be supplied with a Surface Pen, although these will be available to purchase separately for $99. Microsoft says that they are now four times more pressure-sensitive than the old ones which were included with the Surface Pro 4.
The cheapest model of the new device costs $799 and features a Core m3 chip, 4 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of storage.
The Surface Pro range will be available on June 15, 2017, but models featuring LTE connectivity will be available later in the year.
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